Last year, selected students from Ambergate Upper School took part in a huge project called The Frankenstein Project.
This exciting new project began in November when the students were involved in the development of a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein.
Michael Wicherek, Artistic Director of Box Clever Theatre in London, along with two professional actors, came into school to begin working with GANF students on script development. They looked at the plot, characterisation and language in the script, with a view to what they thought would work on stage. The sessions involved active participation with students working with the actors to bring the words to life.
During December GANF students were then invited to attend ‘The Gathering.’ This was a special workshop held at Riverhead Theatre in Louth.
The workshop involved students from each of the participating schools - Haven High Academy, King Edward VI Grammar School and Ambergate Sports College. The students were provided with the opportunity to present the first few pages of their emerging script draft.
Box Clever Theatre Group returned in February to work with our students on the newly written script. The purpose of the workshop was for the students to read through, act out and give their feedback on the first draft of the play script. All students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop especially when they got to learn some real stage combat from a professional actor.
September has seen the final stage of the Frankenstein Project take place. Upper school students from Ambergate finally got to see the finished production of Box Clever Theatre's 'Frankenstein' in their very own school hall! Performed by three professional actors with lights and sound effects the students were riveted throughout the hour long performance. The performance included stage combat, singing, movement and very dramatic monologues throughout. Feedback from the students was very positive, especially from the thirteen students who had taken part in the Frankenstein Project from the start, and who now understand the process of taking a novel from the pages of a book to the stage!
With special thanks to the Box Clever team: Michael Wicherek, David Ajao, Aryana Ramkhalawon, Dominic Fell, Rob Welling.